Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Protecting job applicants from their own stupidity

Most people have learned enough not to post damaging information about themselves online, but there are the occasional few who like to post pictures of themselves overdrinking or who like to ramble on incoherently. Maybe they complained about their boss or bragged about stealing from their employer. Now the German government is passing a law to protect those people from their own idiocy.
A new law in Germany will stop bosses from checking out potential hires on social networking sites. They will, however, still be allowed to google applicants.

Lying about qualifications. Alcohol and drug use. Racist comments. These are just some of the reasons why potential bosses reject job applicants after looking at their Facebook profiles.

According to a 2009 survey commissioned by the website CareerBuilder, some 45 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates. And some 35 percent of those employers had rejected candidates based on what they found there, such as inappropriate photos, insulting comments about previous employers or boasts about their drug use.
If people are dumb enough to post damaging stuff about themselves on Facebook and leave it open to the public why shouldn't a potential employer check out that sort of information? Better to know such things before signing up someone for pay and benefits and then have to find a reason to fire them later on when their stupidity starts affecting their work. Apparently, the government just needs to be a national nanny to protect these morons from their own stupidity.


Pat Patterson said...

I can only hazard a guess at the ultimate outcome of blocking the viewing of a comment made by a job applicant who says and then does carry out a plan to kill the HR interviewer? But the Scientology, Falun Gong and even till a few years ago Moravians were not considered legally as true religions. All to protect the poor German citizen from himself.

Bachbone said...

Peter Schiff, author of Crash Proof 2.0, cited, in an interview for the Limbaugh Letter, this very type of government intrusion as one cause of the Obamameister's current inability to get employers to start hiring. Schiff said as an employer himself and in his talks with other employers, he hires people only when they will help his business earn profits, yet the government has thrown so many hiring regulations at businesses that he has eight employees working full time just making sure he complies with everything legally. Additionally, he is always fearful someone he has not hired or someone he has fired for just cause will file a complaint charging discrimination on some grounds and he'll have to spend even more time and money defending himself. That's a waste of resources even when times are good. When times are bad, employers are not even going to risk the effort.

Pat Bay said...

We are very close to the govt banning you from selecting your own staff in favor of a govt bureaucracy that will "fill the need" for you with a mandatory candidate of their own choosing.

Shortly after that they will also take it upon themselves to determine when you need more staff.

Loony is the new sane.

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